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National Public Radio
Dirty little secret: Almost nobody cleans contacts properly – People who wear contact lenses say they’re diligent about keeping them clean. But press them for details, and it turns out that hardly anyone is doing it the right way. “It’s horrible,” says Dr. Dwight Cavanagh, Vice Chairman of Ophthalmology, who surveyed contact wearers’ hygiene habits. “It was like, ‘Mom, I cleaned up my room.’ If you go up on the second floor and open the door and look under the bed, what are you going to find?” Story received coverage in almost 25 media outlets, including the Austin American-Statesman, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, and United Press International.

Canadian Television Network
Heart attack risk factors in mid-life affect lifetime risk – Just because you’re not considered at risk of a heart attack or a stroke in middle age doesn't mean your lifetime risk is low, a new study confirms. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that assessing a middle-aged patient’s heart disease risk only five or 10 years into the future can give them a false sense of security. “Early life decisions we make can have a significant impact on the rest of our lives – and heart healthy choices are no different,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Jarett Berry, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. “The risk factors we develop in younger and middle ages are going to determine our heart disease risk across our lifetime.” Story was covered by more than 50 media outlets, including USA Today, FOX News, National Public Radio, CNN, Forbes, the Washington Post, Men’s Health and AARP magazines.

The Dr. Oz show (WFAA, ABC in Dallas/Fort Worth)
Ovarian cancer update – In 2011 Dr. Oz worked on a campaign to break the silence around ovarian cancer. He follows up with a woman he met earlier in Dallas. The program explores a procedure to remove a suspected cancerous mass surrounding an ovary. The procedure was done at UT Southwestern University Hospital - St. Paul by Dr. Jayanthi Lea, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Scientific American
Let’s talk: A story of interspecies communication – XA21 belongs to a large class of immune receptors in plants and animals that detect microbes. The importance of these receptors is reflected by the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine won by Dr. Bruce A. Beutler, Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense, and Dr. Jules A. Hoffman for their discoveries in flies and mice.

United Press International
Study: Americans eat too much sugar – Experts recommend women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, and men eat no more than 9 teaspoons, but Americans eat much more, researchers say. Lona Sandon, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition, said Americans consume about 22 teaspoons of sugar per day – well over the American Heart Association recommendations.

Fox News
Want a younger brain? Try eating omega-3
Your brain may look and act “older” than it really is if your diet is low in omega-3 fatty acids, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people with low omega-3 fatty acid levels had smaller brains, and did worse on tests of memory and thinking skills, compared with people who had higher omega-3 levels. “Based on this study, we see the effect fatty acids have on the brain,” said Dr. Mary Quiceno, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.

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